With the success of the Broadway musical, Hamilton, it seems that everyone is an expert on Alexander Hamilton these days. But how much of what we’re hearing is the myth versus the man? Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America does an excellent job of separating fact from fiction by focusing on one of the most intriguing relationships in the history of America’s founding.
George Washington is the austere father figure for whom loyalty and reputation mean everything. Alexander Hamilton is the hot-headed by brilliant youth who is capable of greatness—and of destruction. (Who needs quasi-fictional musicals when you so much drama is built right in the history books?) Together, they forge a great nation. Sure, there are a host of secondary characters, but it’s undeniable: Without this dynamic duo, the constitution, if not the country, would not exist as we know it.